Criticism of Mormonism/Books/Nauvoo Polygamy/Index/Chapter 5

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Response to claims made in "Chapter 5"

A FairMormon Analysis of: Nauvoo Polygamy: "... but we called it celestial marriage", a work by author: George D. Smith

325

The author(s) of Nauvoo Polygamy make(s) the following claim:

The author points out that after Joseph's death, Rhoda Richards was sealed to "her cousin Brigham Young."

FairMormon Response

  • Here the author again relies on presentism to provide a hostile interpretive lens. It was not unusual for first cousins to marry. Nineteen of the present-day states permit unrestricted marriage between first cousins, and most countries have no restrictions at all on marriage between cousins. In its exploitation of the presentist fallacy, the author’s remark is utterly irrelevant in its historical context.
  • See also ch. 3: 205
  • Criticism of Mormonism/Books/Nauvoo Polygamy/Presentism

327

The author(s) of Nauvoo Polygamy make(s) the following claim:

 Author's quote: "Orson Hyde reported seeing a 'wonderful lustful spirit' on his visit to the polygamous Cochranite community….In 1834 he acquired his own lustful spirit in Marinda Johnson…."

FairMormon Response

333

The author(s) of Nauvoo Polygamy make(s) the following claim:

Parley P. Pratt's is claimed to have been seald to his "last wife, Eleanor McComb McLean...without divorcing her legal husband, who fatally shot Parley near Van Buren, Arkansas…."

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333

The author(s) of Nauvoo Polygamy make(s) the following claim:

The murder of Parley P. Pratt is claimed to be "the proximate cause of the Mountain Meadows Massacre."

Author's sources: * Scott F. and Maurine J. Proctor, Autobiography of Parley P. Pratt (1874; Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2000), 586-99.

FairMormon Response


334

The author(s) of Nauvoo Polygamy make(s) the following claim:

Did Parley P. Pratt engage in "theological philanderings?"

FairMormon Response

345

The author(s) of Nauvoo Polygamy make(s) the following claim:

Edwin Wooley married Louisa Chapin Rising as a polygamous wife even though she was not divorced from her legal husband.

FairMormon Response

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  • Ezra Taft Benson was "a correspondent of FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover…."

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